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People follow people, not frameworks

Social networks and social media have given voice to the voiceless, it's a beautiful thing. More people can post stuff through the various channels we have at our disposal for the various types of media we can use to communicate. But, counter to what … [Read more]

Can employees learn to be innovative?

There is a frenzy of discussion on the Front End Innovation LinkedIn group around the following question: can employees learn to be innovative? I think this a question many executives are asking themselves, and undoubtedly are looking for a silver … [Read more]

Ed Catmull’s thoughts for managing a creative culture

From Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc., 28 ideas on how Pixar engineers and sustains a creative culture. A culture of innovation is a culture of creativity, enthusiasm and daring. Not a place where efficiency reigns and where mistakes are to be … [Read more]

Why some good ideas spread slowly

The main challenge for any innovator is idea adoption. So, it's important to understand both how ideas spread and what motivates people to adopt those ideas. So, how does an innovation spread? For the first clue, last week I published a post where … [Read more]

Practice frame shifting to spot untapped innovation opportunities

Perception separates the innovator from the imitator. To see anew, learn to set aside preconceptions by exploring new perspectives. How might we shift our perspective and explore what we might be missing? This is a common question I ask myself all … [Read more]

Creativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence

I just finished reading the book Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull, this is my review... Unlike books written by consultants about how wonderful the companies they study are, and how they have reverse engineered their formula for success into … [Read more]

What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

MIT's Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high … [Read more]